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Bethel AME Church

  • Address: 210 East Howry Avenue, DeLand, FL 32724
Founded in 1878, church members met under a brush arbor until the existing structure was finished in 1907. The building was designed by John A. Lankford, the nation's first practicing African-American architect. The Gothic Revival-style building was constructed of hand-formed blocks of concrete mixed with Florida sand and molded onsite. Bricks were then placed by male congregants whose initials can still be found etched along the base.